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Visiting Writers - Fall 2005


September 14, Wednesday, Beth Lordan, 7:30 Peeler Auditorium

Beth Lordan is the author of three books of fiction: the novel August Heat, the short story collection And Both Shall Row, and her latest, a novel in stories, But Come Ye Back. Her short fiction has appeared in The Best of American Short Stories 2002 and the Atlantic Monthly, among other places. Her work has earned her a fellowship from the National Endowment for the Arts and an O. Henry Award. She teaches at Southern Illinois University at Carbondale.



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October 5, Wednesday, Li-Young Lee, 7:30 p.m., Peeler Auditorium

Li-Young Lee described by The American Poetry Review as one of the finest young poets alive, is the author of three volumes of poetry: Book of My Nights, Rose, which won the Delmore Schwartz Memorial Poetry Award, and The City in Which I Love You, which was the Lamont Poetry Selection of the Academy of American Poets.

Born in Jakarta, Indonesia to Chinese parents, Lee and his family fled Indonesia to escape religious persecution. For five years Lee’s family traveled through Hong Kong, Macau, and Japan, and eventually came to the United States in 1964.
After studying at the University of Pittsburgh, the University of Arizona, and the State University of New York, College at Brockport, Lee returned to Indonesia, researching there and in China to write his prose memoir, The Winged Seed: A Remembrance. His poetry marks the same kind of return to memory, describing family, loss, and exile. In sparse and powerful language, Lee recounts his father’s political imprisonment and his parents’ escape from Indonesia. He also writes about his own journeys with spirituality, cultural transition, and love.


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October 27, Thursday, Stephen Greenblatt, 7:00 p.m., Moore Theatre

Stephen Greenblatt is a Shakespeare scholar and will be keynoting the ArtsFest: Shakespeare in the WorldGreenblatt is Cogan University Professor of the Humanities at Harvard University. His areas of specialization include Shakespeare, 16th- and 17th-century English literature, the literature of travel and exploration, and literary theory.

Greenblatt’s publications include the following books: Will in the World: How Shakespeare Became Shakespeare; Hamlet in Purgatory; Practicing New Historicism; Marvelous Possessions: The Wonder of the New World ; Learning to Curse: Essays in Modern Culture; Shakespearean Negotiations: The Circulation of Social Energy in Renaissance England; Renaissance Self-Fashioning: >From More to Shakespeare; Sir Walter Raleigh: The Renaissance Man and His Roles; and Three Modern Satirists: Waugh, Orwell, and Huxley. In addition he is the general editor of The Norton Shakespeare and the Associate General Editor of The Norton Anthology of English Literature.

He serves on the editorial or advisory boards of numerous journals and is an editor and cofounder of Representations. His research has been supported by fellowships and grants from the National Endowment for the Humanities, the Guggenheim, Howard and Kyoto University Foundations, the American Council of Learned Societies. He has received the James Russell Lowell Prize of the MLA, the British Council Prize in the Humanities, and the Mellon Distinguished Humanist Award. He is an Honorary Corresponding Fellow of The English Association, U.K. For Will in the World he received the 2004 Will Award from The Shakespeare Theatre, Washington, DC, and was a finalist for the following 2004 awards: the National Book Awards, the Pulitzer Prize, the Los Angeles Times Book Awards, the National Book Critic Circle Awards, and the Julia Ward Howe Prize of the Boston Author’s Club. He has been elected to membership in the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, is a permanent fellow of the Institute for Advanced Study in Berlin, and has served as president of the Modern Language Association of America.

Greenblatt also taught at the University of California, Berkeley. He has lectured widely and has held numerous visiting professorships. His named lecture series include the Lionel Trilling Seminar at Columbia, the Theo Crosby Memorial Lecture, Globe Theatre, London, the Clarendon Lectures at Oxford, the Carpenter Lecturers at the University of Chicago, and the University Lectures at Princeton. He received his B.A. (summa cum laude) from Yale University, a second B.A. from Cambridge University, and his PhD from Yale.


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Shakespeare Scholar
David Bevington

Shakespeare Faces Retirement

Wednesday, November 2, 2005
4:15 p.m.
Watson Forum, PCCM

University of Chicago Professor David Bevington will examine the hypothesis that Shakespeare's last play, The Tempest, is a retirement play that reveals important insights on Shakespeare's view of his own achievement, his reasons for retiring, and his hopes for himself and his family.


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Portrait: Steve Eiden
GLCA Award Winning
Fiction Writer
Scott Nadelson

Wednesday, November 30, 2005
7:30 p.m.
Peeler Auditorium

Photograph:  Dove-Lewis Emergency Animal Hospital, Joe the Manx, 2001
Design: Pinch, Portland Oregon

Scott Nadelson lives in Portland Oregon where he teaches writing at the Art Institute of Portland and is part of the Writers in the Schools program.  His fiction has appeared in American Literary Review, Carve Magazine and The Best of Carve, Vol 3.  Saving Stanley is his first published collection.

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